Bonnaroo 2012

Bonnaroo tickets went on sale this Saturday (the second attempt, after hundreds of eager fans crashed the website on February 18th), and while I haven’t purchased mine–yet–I’ve been obsessively stalking the ‘Roo website, photos, and spotify playlist for weeks.  Check out the 2012 line up:

Absolutely ecstatic about Bon Iver, The Shins, Foster the People, Dispatch, Grouplove, The Kooks, Phantogram, Flying Lotus, Das Racist, and of course the Beach Boys!!! Word on the street is they’ll probably be throwing in another headliner and several other performers in the weeks to come.

I’m still working on convincing my friends to get on board for the ticket fare (can’t put a price on experience!) and 16 hour road trip to Nashville… But in the meantime, here are some pics from the 2011 festy, how can you say no?

oh, you thought your carnival days were over?

campsites from above. 'Roo City ya'll

the only way to road trip. anyone got one of these babies to lend me?

yes please.

Bonnaroo Icons: cukoo clock tower and ferris wheel

Cool nights by the fountain

Loove to see the eco-concious side of festival life. Bonnaroo received the "Greener Festival" award for the fifth consecutive year in 2011

By day...

And by night

Awesome sculpture. Part of Bonnaroo's effort to support and cultivate a community of artists. Click through for the 2012 Arts and Entertainment events

Bonnaroo hosts various other activities and performances each year, like the above break dancing act and their annual comedy series (to be announced). Can't argue with those abs now can ya?

People Watch:

Style Inspiration: Printed crop tops, loose, flowy skirts, tie-dye vests, hat & shades

Style Inspiration: beating the Manny heat with cut offs, shades and tanks

Style Inspiration. Or like, would that make me look fat?

Dumbledore and Lady Liberty. Ah, America.

Wouldn't be a festival without body paint and glitter

These guys have swag

Winners of the 2011 Beard Contest?! Sure!

The Flavor Savers. You know it'll be a good show when the band comes out dressed like that.

Who’s ready to go!? I’ll leave you with some of my favorites from the line up.  Just sit back, close your eyes, and imagine that warm Tennessee sun…

See you there!!!!

xx,

Kathryn

All photos courtesy of www.bonnaroo.com

PS. Did I mention the annual Bonnaroo Merch Design Contest? Might have to add that to the DYI list…

Good Eats: The Fireplace

In an effort to break out of the BC bubble, and the monotony of dining hall meals, BC x RR brings you Good Eats, a series on our wining, dining, fashion, and aesthetic experiences at various local Boston restaurants and bars.  

The Fireplace: 1634 Beacon Street, Brookline 

Sneak Peak: New England Grill and Bar; $$$; Casual-Chic; Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Dessert and Full Bar

The Fireplace is hands down my favorite restaurant in the BC neighborhood.  Located down Beacon street in Washington Square, The Fireplace is easy to get to by T or cab, and the “New England Grill” whips out incredible food.  Executive chef and owner Jim Solomon creates hearty, yet refined dishes that utilize super fresh, local ingredients.  The menu changes continuously, reflecting the seasonal specialties, and I’ve yet to be anything less than thrilled with my meal in the three times I’ve been.  It’s a little on the pricy side for a college student, but a definite winner for a meal with your parents or family.

As a vegetarian, I can only speak on behalf of the meat-free options, but I would highly recommend the Winter Squash Tart (“winter squash with caramelized leeks, sweet roasted garlic, buzzard’s bay ‘Great Hill Blue’ cheese, baby arugula & crunchy walnuts” for $12) as an appetizer, and the Baked Fresh Pasta (“layered with tomato sauce & béchamel, roasted fennel,sautéed spinach, three cheeses and toasted garlic chips” $25) for your main course.  The tart is a perfect combination of hearty winter veggies, flaky crust, and warm, salty cheese, all topped with a crisp salad and crunchy sweet leeks. The pasta dish is essentially a homemade lasagna, with freshly baked lasagne noodles and amazing sauces.  And now that I’m browsing the menu, I think I most definitely need to head over and try the Sweet Potato Stew (“with sautéed apples, caramelized leeks, chickpeas,
feta-parsley dumplings & fresh green onions” ….NOM) As for the non-veg dishes, my carnivorous friends rave about the The Fireplace Signature Spit-Roasted, Maple-Glazed 
Half Chicken with “mashed potatoes and sage brown butter” ($26).  The desserts are also top notch, especially the Apple Doughnuts  which are served warm and come with a trio of dipping sauceschocolate, caramel and “sticky cider.”

The decor of The Fireplace aptly matches the style of food–cozy and intimate with just the right aesthetic and attention to detail to feel genuine, not frilly. The first floor features, you guessed it, a central fireplace and large, comfy booths, while the second level hosts an open kitchen to see the master in action.  The Fireplace also has bi-weekly live music from 9:30 to midnight–Jazz Wednesdays and Latin Thursdays.  Unfortunately I haven’t been on either of these nights, but who wouldn’t want to eat delicious food with the warmth of the fire and some smoooooth jazz?

Downstairs Bar Area

Upstairs, open kitchen


I also really appreciate The Fireplace’s emphasis on locality.  Aside from their effort to use local ingredients (fresher and more eco-friendly, such a win-win), The Fireplace hosts various fundraising events to support local charities. Feed Brookline (Jan 30th), for example, will raise money for the Brookline Food Pantry, and the Super Hunger Brunch (Saturday Jan. 28th) supports the Greater Boston Food Bank with a two-course brunch for $25 per person.  If you’re a brunch person (who isn’t?), it’s an easy and affordable way to support a great cause–and, as usual, the menu looks delicious.

 

How hungry are you right now?

 

xx,

Kathryn

Bored & Baking: Triple Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies

In my experience, the tail end of the Christmas season always seems to be filled with chores. Taking down the tree, packing away the ornaments, writing thank you notes, (secretly) exchanging that awkward turtle neck for jewelry…the list goes on and on. This year, in procrastination from my other, more tedious tasks, I decided to address another lingering Christmas left over: candy canes. Every year we can’t help but buy a pack or two to adorn the tree and garnish a dessert platter…and every year we’re left with dozens of unwrapped, uneaten remnants in our pantry.

So. Many. Candy Canes.

So I bring you a simple fix: Triple Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies

I adapted this version from a Chocolate White Chocolate Chip recipe that I’ve been using for years. The original is great, but I wanted to incorporate that chocolate-pepermint flavor I’ve been craving/smelling for the past month.  I also cut some of the white chocolate chips for chocolate chips because I think the sweetness of white chocolate can be a little over powering some times.  These were completely experimental but I’m pretty happy with how they came out.  The peppermint permeates the entire batter, without overwhelming the cocoa flavor, and the candy cane pieces add a nice sticky, chewy crunch to the texture.

Triple Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies 

Ingredients: (makes about 4 dozen)

1 cup butter, softened

2 cups white sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups all purpose flour

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/4 cups white chocolate and milk chocolate chips *

1/2 cup candy canes, crushed **

*You can play with the ratio of white chocolate to milk chocolate, depending on your preference.  I split it pretty evenly for my batch.

** A simple way to crush candy canes is to put them in a large zip lock bag and smash them with a meat pounder or rolling pin.  Zapping them in the food processor would also work.

Directions: 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C)

2. In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar until smooth.  It’s important that your butter starts off softened (but not melted!), other wise your cookies will end up flat and crispy.  I recommend microwaving the sticks on defrost for about a minute.

Eggs and suga nice 'n fluffy

2. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla extract

Batter with sugar, butter, eggs, and vanilla. Consistency should be fairly smooth.

4.  Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl.   Blend into batter mixture in sections.

5. Fold in the chocolate chips and crushed candy canes

6. Roll into 1 inch balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet

7.  Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.  Since these are a chocolate batter, it can be difficult to tell when the cookies are done without the “golden brown” visual you get with regular choco-chip cookies.  A good trick is to watch for when the tops of the cookies tart to look cracked. As a rule of thumb I always set my timer lower, and add more time as needed.

chocolate-pepermint perfection

And there you have it! Not sure what I’ll do with these babies, since we’re still working on polishing off all the deserts and boxes of chocolate from Christmas…. maybe they’ll become a NYE hostess gift to accompany some candy cane cocktails. On the other hand, how badly do you want to dip that in a mug of hot chocolate or a skinny peppermint mocha latte from Starbucks?

Hope you give these a try if you’re killing time at home and hoarding candy canes like I am!

Happy Holidazeee

xx,

Kathryn

Stylings of “We Found Love” Video

I’m not usually a big Rihanna fan, but I can’t deny that her new single “We Found Love”, off of the Talk That Talk album,  is addictingly catchy. And that was before I saw the music video.

The video, with its images of drug use, gambling, reckless driving, shoplifting, and a Chris Brown look-alike for a co-star, has raised a bit of controversy since its release on November 21st. Organizations like the Rape Crisis Center and Ulster Cancer Center have verbalized their disapproval, claiming that Rihanna “sends the message that she is an object to be possessed by men” and promotes the “glamorization of smoking.”

What do you make of it?

Personally, I don’t think Rihanna is doing either of these, and frankly I commend her for stepping outside the box a bit.  My real obsession with this video though, is (obviously) the CLOTHES! Stylist Mel Ottenberg killed it, again, with edgy, 80’s inspired outfits that seem to find the perfect medium between grungy men’s wear and girly details.

obsessed with this acid-wash high wasted skirt and crop top combo, designed by James Scott

Shoes.

Runway vs. Rihanna Way

I neeeeeed that America vest. Immediately.

LOVE the hem on that top!

Ottenberg featured many items, like the above top, from clothing retailer Opening Ceremony (also one of his clients). Click through the picture to find Rihanna's look online!

Rasta Beanie, Varsity Jacket, and oh, hello America pants on Dudley.

Adam Selman custom made that bandana bikini. He also designed most of Rihanna's wardrobe for her Loud tour, including a Stravorski-studded bikini. Selman also happens to be Ottenberg's current beau. Click through for pictures from the tour.

And the album promo pics are equally bad ass….

Director Melina Matsoukas, a long-time collaborator with Rihanna, describes her concept behind the video as a departure from the typical club scene masquerade, seen all to frequently in music videos today:

“I didn’t want to put her in a club–because I refuse doing those videos. I’ve done them and I always feel like they’re my worst. It was just about trying to visually capture that sense of freedom. I really just wanted to do something real. Eliminate the theatrics and do something very natural and gritty.” 

Read the whole interview with Life and Times here. 

Melina Matsoukas. Obviously she's got style of her own.

I’m sure you’ll be hearing this song, repeatedly, through the Mods and off campus this weekend, seeing as it’s already ranked number two on iTunes…try to resist commandeering the laptop mid-party so you can watch the video again, like I didn’t.  Or do and give nice shout out to BC x RR for your insider scooooooooop!

Happy Thirsty Thursday!

xx

Kathryn

No but really, Christmas in 16, I'm totally fine with you getting me that vest.

Blackout Friday

I’ve never been much of a Black Friday shopper.  Which is weird because, turning down shopping in general is a rare occurrence for me.  I guess I’ve always been a little intimidated by the 4 AM line campers outside Best Buy, and I don’t know, incidents of pepper spraying, shooting and robbery kind of freak me out.  Plus, there’s always my pie hangover to nurse the next morning. Anyways, this year my Mom and I decided to brave the shops, and actually found a sane side of Black Friday.  We hit up Greenwich Ave and our local Loehman’s for some mob-less shopping and awesome deals.  Here are some of my favorite purchases (and bargains) of the escapade:

Alexa Chung for Madewell blouse (50% off!), BDG by Urban Outfitters turquoise cords, Steven Madden black suede booties ($39.99 at Loehman's!), black and gold chain-link purse stolen from my mamma

"New Haven" Jacket by Madewell (an absolute steal, I think it cost around $30), blouse by Urban Outfitters (half price), LaRedo cowboy boots, Free People pendant.

The lovely Thais Menendez, also my photographer, rocking her own Black Friday purchases: navy, silk, beaded shorts; red floral tank; white blazer; all from Urban Outfitters.

Adrienne Vittadini leopard wedge booties from Loehman's. Originally $170, mine for just under $70. Muahaha

Seriously though, I've been coveting these babies for months. Just imagine my face when I finally found them, on super sale nonetheless.

So there you have it, a successful, stampede-free Black Friday.  Hopefully you scored some deals of your own, but no worries if you missed out, twenty-five days of Christmas means twenty-five days of sales, promotions, and plenty of excuses to snipe some animal print booties. Be sure to check BC x RR for updates on local deals and specials! Tis the season!

xx,

Kathryn

Fade into Darkness (Neon, Glitter, & Spandex)

How did you spend your Sunday before Thanksgiving? Maybe you were hauling ass back from South Bend, after a surprisingly close Holy War,  or maybe you were cramming for the midterm that just had to be schedule right before break.  Maybe you were about to play hookie, and head home a few days early.  Or maybe you were one of the four thousand attendees (myself included) of the sold out Avicii show, at the DCU center in Worcester Mass.

Avicii, born Tim Bergling, began remixing when he was just 19, and soon after exploded into the Dance/House/Electro music scene.  The Sweedish DJ and producer has topped charts in Europe and the US, played monsterous sets at festivals like Ultra, Tomorrow Land, and IDentity, and was recently ranked number six in DJ Mag’s top 100 DJs of 2011.

Avicii with his "Spread LOVE" signature. Hands up!

One thing I’ve realized from years of concert-going: come for the music, stay for the scene. Live music always seem to bring out the boldest, wackiest, most creative sides of people, and concert style has long claimed its own niche in the fashion world.  In middle school, when I was an avid attendee of NJ’s The Bamboozle Music Festival, the crowd was all about counter culture: mohawks, gages, converse, died hair, and the skinniest of skinny jeans. The angstier, the better.  Electro shows are a completely different scene, but fascinating none the less. Like their 90s rave predecessors, the Avicii crowd was a mass of neon, spandex, and skimpy clothing. You want to wear something you can dance in, that won’t weigh you down when you start sweating buckets in the crowd. Other than that, anything is fair game. I saw everything from DIY crop tops and tanks, splatter painted bodies, sunglasses (the venue was indoors), tutus, wings, masks, and body suits. Take a look:

Lookin' fine, thanks to my backdrop selection

Two girls I sniped a picture of in the bathroom before the show (note the lack of perspiration and still-smooth hair). Girl-on-the-right rocks a graphic crop top, spandex shorts, neon high socks and a glow stick head band, in true rave fashion, while girl-on-the-left works an edgier look with an American Apparel unitard, bandeau, and knee length skirt.

Post-show elation

Anything goes, right? Indian headdress it is. PS. hey sweat, all over your body.

tutus, glow sticks, sunglasses, neon

Elvis, Abs, Shut Up and Rage

home-cut crop tops, neon and patternz

Wish I could have captured the horse head mask, and awesome flip-up glasses, but a girl’s gotta enjoy the show too, right? I wore a Mailou multi-colored knit tank dress from LF and neon green Keds that are unfortunately no longer neon.

If you haven’t been to an electro show, I strongly suggest it.  In the meantime, feast yo ears: http://www.myspace.com/avicii.

Stay crazy!

xx,

Kathryn